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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bites: Missy Moos Burgers @ Fremantle

Coming back to Perth after holidays, I knew that my care free life would have been put to rest.  Eating like a glutton, bunking in bed from 12 till 12.  You should know what I mean.  Fortunately my parents were here for two weeks.  Being parents, they did what they could to make life better.  Nonetheless, it did not stop me from getting less than 10 hours of sleep from the first three days.  I had to clean my car, clean all my linen, sweep and mop the floor and others. Moving from one house to my new place wasn’t easy either.  3 petrol tanks in 2 weeks shuttling from one house to another to move things.  Have to thank the little darling and fishman too! They helped much as they were only three of us moving everything.  Waking up 5am and sleeping at 12am was almost routine for the past week.  But I definitely could not miss spending the the last day of my parent’s holidays.  After we settled in, my sister brought them over and I drove them for lunch at Freo. As mom was dead bored of having Chinese everyday, I decided to bring them to try a burger place called Miss Moos which fares well among lovers of this sinful meaty affair. 



My sister and dad! My sister looked half-assed the entire day because she was suffering from symptoms of a coffee drawback lol!?


Missy Moos don’t do UFO buzzer when it comes to picking your order, instead they have colourful figurines.


Missy Moos!


Before the food came, I snapped shots of the wall which was cheerfully decorated with colour works of children who patronise the burger bar.  How so? Well, when a child comes to Missy Moos, they are given a drawing and a set of colour pencils.  They are allowed to colour it in anyway they like and bam! The drawings are stuck onto the wall when they have been coloured :)!



To quench our thirst on that 40 degree day, we had the world most well-known brand to accompany us at the table  too ;) After waiting for awhile, the efficient Missy Moos crew had our burgers rolling out :P

DSC_0280I had the burger (shown in pic) which had aioli, baby spinach, crispy bacons and a really tasty patty!  I have to say, the best part of the burger was the blue cheese and fresh spinach.  It really worked for me.  My sister had the Jack & Jill which was pretty much the same as mine except that it came with Cheddar Cheese instead of blue cheese, and an extra avocado mash!  I think hers was good too? ahha! But she does not like bread so I guess burger won’t make the cut for her.  She had half left at the end of the meal.  Yh gladly finished it for lunch a few days later!


DSC_0277 Parents had the chicken burger hohoho! It was OK, but the hand cut chips was really good. Crispy and tasty :)! Yums for sure!  Aioli made the combination perfect from start to end.


I think I will cut the post here.  At the end of the meal, I was satisfied and was craving for a second time.  Its true, the burgers here are easily one of the best.    It is definitely better than FAB at Subiaco, but easily on par with Jus Burger and Alfred’s @ Guildford ahah.   Can’t wait for my second time haha!  Oh and really, much credit for the fresh baby spinach which was juicy and sweet.  The meatiness was not overly, a good ratio of bun-meat-vegetable.



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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Reservations for Two: Blue Waters @ Cottesloe

Little darling came back just in time for our little celebration, Valentines.  Yobi calls it the rip-off celebration of the century but hey?! Everybody wants a reason to celebrate do they not?  Hehe, what more when it is your first :)! After fetching her from the airport, we went home to grab some rest before going to my sister’s place for lunch with my parents.

At night, we dressed up and drove to the beach for our Valentines dinner!  Blue Waters is located along the Cottesloe beach with pretty good views of the ocean if you are seated along the front.  To catch the beautiful sunset , dinner was booked for two people at 6pm! Led by Chef Steven Black, former head chef of many Michelin Star-ed restaurants, his food was pretty damn good.  Saw a few rave reviews written about this place before deciding to come here.   I was pleasantly surprised by the end of the meal, not the cheapest but we were delighted by the quality and service. Other bloggers highlighted Blue Waters for its array of fresh seafood.  The food we ordered that night are shown below:


Sourdough with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar dip was our first appetizer.  I like bread, but she did not haha.  I find this simple combination our bread and oil based dip to be amazingly tasty despite it very unappealing appearance.  Had many times before and I still enjoy it.  However, the skin of the bread was a bit charred so I only scrapped the soft part to eat X_X! Food wastage!!



Another appetizer for the night was the Seared Scallops with Mint and Sugar Peas Risotto.  This one was a stunner. We both enjoyed it thoroughly.  Surprising really, as I have never liked peas especially frozen ones as they give me indigestion.  Fortunately, my tummy felt superb after the meal!  Not to mention, the idea of having mint in something porridge-y would be disgusting but it actually turned out to have a very delicious and fresh fragrant.  This instantly takes away the sickening feeling after a few spoons of the dish.  The scallops were yummy-licious too! Fresh and not over cooked!


While we were having our appetizers, the very friendly waitress would occasionally come by to make sure we were having our meals comfortably and would offer any help if necessary.  She would also ask us whether we were finished if we stopped eating for a moment ahah.  Might be a tad too annoying for people who prefers to have more privacy with their partner or guests.  After slowly savouring the appetizers, the mains we ordered arrived :)!


I ordered the steak with mash potatoes, curried pumpkin puree, and asparagus served with a wine reduction sauce.



Darling ordered Pan Fried Atlantic Salmon with boiled potatoes, and vegetables in special house Tartar sauce!


Our mains very super duper yummy! My steak was cooked to the extent where it sort of melts in your mouth, oh my god, super goodness.  The mash and pumpkin puree was absolutely stunning too! Both the mash and the puree was deliciously smooth and brought a pleasant feel to my palette.  Definitely better than those overpriced pub-style Hog’s Breath steak meal.  Darling’s Atlantic Salmon was fresh from top to bottom, perfectly cooked with a slight hint of rawness at the very centre of the fish slice. She liked it but could not finish the whole slice because the serving was pretty big.  Must have been the large appetizers we had earlier.  To finish the night, the darling saw something which caught her eye.  We ordered the Raspberry Semi-Fredo. Can’t quite remember the name, and just asked darling, her reply was “some ice-cream'” =.=!


Delicious :)! The biscuit on top is yummy with the ice cream.  But not quite worth the 13 dollars. I would have picked up a small pint of Baskin Robins anytime over this one!



Little Darling with her dessert! Pretty!~


After dinner we walked around the beach,enjoying the sunset.  Many looks from beachgoers as we seemed overdressed for the pristine sand which are a familiar feature on Perth WA’s beach.  Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable night and we were back just before 8pm.  Just in time for a photo with the bouquet of flowers I gave her earlier at the airport in the morning :)!


This picture was funny because we tried to take it by ourselves but failed miserably.  Had to get fishman to help us do it!  A bit shy here!


That is all for my Valentines. We did have some lovey dovey gift exchange but we will keep that private for now hoho!  Till then. ;-)



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Sunday, February 6, 2011

CNY: Chinese New Year 2011!

Happiness, health, and success are the common requests during the Chinese New Year celebration, some also ask for a life partner and what not.  But this Chinese New Year, the wants were simple, nothing to spill but it was simple.  The Lee family as usual, was kept busy regardless of whether they were in  Malaysia, Singapore or Australia.  Mom was up early on most days to prepare food. Going vegetarian on the CNY day itself left with me with running tummy thrice! Insane much really.  And then because we were too hungry, mom, dad and I woke up at 3 in the morning looking for food! LOL?!  


Fast forwarding the events to last night, the Lee family finished the celebration with a dinner at Pantai Seafood.  All the food that night (with the exception of the vegetable) was delicious but  it costed an arm and a leg due to the price hike which is a norm during this period of festivity.  I must thank my Aunt Chris and Sei Sook for the food that night!  And for all the other yummy meals, my mom, dad and Yee Koo!


The Yee Sang is a common dish where diners use their chopsticks to toss an interesting mixture of crisps, ginger, salmon, jelly fish and vegetables.  While tossing the mixture, they wish others well for the new year!



Steamed crabs :)!  The best way to describe the crab meat is delicious sweetness with a hint of alcohol aroma!



Crispy chicken!!  Ohh those red crackers!  Definitely love those.  Its a must have at pretty much every Chinese dinner.  Pantai Seafood does it well!  Every bite was tender unlike some other restaurants that over fries the chicken until it becomes so dry!!!



Delicacy cruelty! This was the suckling pig!   Very good and very sinful.  Crispy skin with yummy layers of fat and meat!  Dip the vege into the sweet sauce and take savour the beautiful chemistry of flavours ;-)! The front bits are the pigs head chopped into four bits ahah. 


For the night, we had a fish, pork, chicken, crab, vegetable, glutinous rice, yee sang, lala and a dessert.  And we only had 10 people =X!  I believe we had enough food for at least 12-13 people that night! Because I was filled to brim even before the fish came out, I decided to take photos of people! Its CNY man, its nothing without family and friends isn’t it?


My Sam Suk!  Believe it or not, he makes killer roast pork! His roast pork on CNY eve was legendaryyy!!!! :D!



My cousin Cyrus and his mom, Aunt Chris!



Cyrus and my Yee Ku!  Thanks too all the aunty and uncles for all the large ang paus this year HAHAHA!



My cousin Prodip and his dad Uncle Dipak!  Prodip is a kick ass taekwondo pro man!



My dad and mom :)!  Thanks for everything parents!!!



Family photo for this one! And shits man! 22 years still smile fail.  Why have I never wished that I had the perfect smile?  Maybe because it doesn’t matter so long as I am happy!  Appreciate what you have and not what you want ma!! Haiyoooo! :P!


One of the main highlights of the night was the karaoke session.  We had the dinner in a karaoke room.  I think it was complementary because my aunt frequents this place for dinner on busy working days!


The father son connection ;-)!  Next time if you cannot tell who’s the father and the son.  Pay attention to their posture.  OMG.  Even their fingers seem bent in the same manner @.@! 



ABBA anyone?  It was oldies all night long man! RWARRRRRR



My uncle singing for his wife in Canberra! “… I WANNA HOLD YOUR HANDDDD!, I WANNA HOLD YOUR HANDDDDDDD!!!”


My dad looks like a kid in this picture ahah. So funny xD! He’s hitting the big 60 this year and woa! He only looks like he’s in his later forties!

Every bit of the night was enjoyable as it should be! The jolly company, the good karaoke session and the nice food!  Happy that I was back here for the holidays! Meeting up with the family was good fun.  I somewhat don’t feel isolated anymore when they talk old people stuff.  I used to wonder about the weird topics they spoke of when I was a little kid man!  So complicated, but growing older doesn’t make it any better!! Maybe I was better off being left young and lost! :P! Soon after the dinner, I met up with Justin a.k.a my homie! Twice in three months is disappointing but better some than none!